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    DIY Farmhouse Decor

    The most popular home decor style right now is farmhouse (thanks Joanna Gaines) adding a bit of farmhouse decor to your home will make it feel comfortable and inviting.  My favorite thing about DIY projects is that they are completely custom and can be suited to any home/style. Why not have a little fun and try out some of these farmhouse decor DIY projects this weekend? So go get your hands dirty and build something for yourself. Keep scrolling for tons of inspiring farmhouse decor DIYs.

    1. Wood Box Center Piece

    Every dining table needs a center piece, and I’ve found the perfect farmhouse wood box center piece. This simple little box is so versatile and you can easily change up the decor you place inside depending on the season. I love the fresh flower in a mini mason jar look though. Check out this post by Love Grows Wild  for all the details. She even shows you how she painted and distressed her box!

    DIY Farmhouse Wood Box

     

    2. Turn Buckle Shelf

    These little DIY shelves by Lolly Jane are dripping in farmhouse style. I love the mix of black metal and dark stained wood. This is the perfect functional DIY for a bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom.

    Farmhouse Turn Buckle Shelf DIY

     

    3. Farmhouse Kitchen Labels

    This has got to be one of the easiest farmhouse decor DIY projects out there. All you need are some glass food storage containers (easily found at IKEA) and a few labels with a farmhouse font. You can purchase the ones in the photo here, or you can get creative and make your own! This little touch will add a dash of farmhouse flair to your kitchen. Looking for some more farmhouse kitchen inspiration? Check out my blog post 12  Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Designs For The Perfect Kitchen!

    DIY Kitchen Farmhouse Labels

     

    4. Re-purposed Glass Bottle Vase

    I love a DIY that involves recycling an old product into something completely new. This farmhouse inspired vase by Shanty 2 Chic is the perfect table top decor for spring time. They re-purposed a few glass soda bottles and fashioned them into a wood box center piece. This DIY project is totally easy and under $10. Check out their full post with free plans here.

    Farmhouse Glass Bottle Vase DIY

     

    5. Custom Wood Sign

    Wood signs are a great addition to any farmhouse decor. This DIY project is a simple one and the optimizations are endless! All you need to do Is stain a piece of wood, apply vinyl stickers in any phrase your heart desires, and paint! Its that simple. I actually made one of these for a good friend ages ago. Its such a simple craft and its quite fun! Absolutely perfect for all of us not so skilled calligraphers. Check out the full DIY instructions over at Thistle Wood Farms. 

    Custom DIY Farmhouse Wood Sign

     

    6. Rustic Farmhouse Picture Frame

    I am so in love with this unique way of displaying beloved photos. Its a pretty simple project too! The only things you’ll need is an old thrift store frame (you can pop out the art that comes with it and toss, or re-donate) and secure chicken wire to the empty space left behind. I love the vintage photos, used in this shot, but get creative! Jamie from Anderson and Grant, the genius behind this creative DIY project can talk you through all the steps here.

    DIY Rustic Farmhouse Picture Frame

     

    7. Farmhouse Memo Board

    Every functional house needs a memo board. It helps keep the fridge clear of unsightly magnets and its fun and easy to leave notes or reminders behind! This easy DIY project uses the same principals as the picture frame tutorial above. So basic and cute you’ll be banging your head against the wall wondering why you didn’t think of this first! I love the use of close pins to hold up photos and wedding invites. ADORABLE. You can see the full DIY instructions here.

    Easy DIY Farmhouse Memo Board

     

    8. DIY Blanket Ladder

    A blanket ladder is essential to all farmhouse living rooms. Perfect storage and display space for all your coveted blankets. I am definitely a blanket hoarder, can’t leave home goods without picking up a new cuddly blanket. This DIY project is so cheap and easy, put it on the to do list this weekend! See the full tutorial here.

    Easy DIY Blanket shelf

     

    9. Rustic Coat Rack

    I literally walked in the door after work this evening to find my wall mounted coat rack in a heap on the floor. I am 100% guilty of overloading those mini shelves with as meany coats as possible and today it caught up with me. On the bright side this huge wall shelf/ coat rack DIY by Liz Marie Blog will totally cover up the holes in my drywall left behind by my old coat rack. Isn’t patching and painting drywall THE worst?

    DIY farmhouse coat rack

     

    10. DIY Picture Shelf

    Make this DIY wood picture shelf for $20 in under 30 minuets! A great way to casually display family photos or decorative farmhouse items. You can easily change out the decor to accommodate seasons or holidays without having to re-hang photos. Fantastic! How perfectly styled are these shelves by Christinas Adventures?

    Diy Farmhouse Picture Shelf

     

    11. Farmhouse Stencil Pillow

    Nothing says farmhouse decor like a stencil pillow. This tutorial will walk you through the whole process from how to paint the stencil AND how to sew a pillow. I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for great pillow tutorials. How cute does this pillow look in her breakfast nook? Farmhouse decor is all about the little custom details that will make your house a home.

    Farmhouse Pillow Stencil DIY

     

    12. Reclaimed Wood Wall Shelf

    Check out this cute and easy wall shelf tutorial by Making it In The Mountains. This simple DIY can be used as a wall candle holder or to hold a mini vase and a few fresh cut flowers as shown below. This is the perfect accent piece to break up that farmhouse gallery wall.

    Reclaimed wood wall shelf DIY tutorial

     

    13. DIY Rustic Curtain Rods

    Creating a farmhouse styled home is really all about the details. These rustic curtain rods are a perfect addition for any farmhouse living room. I can’t get over how perfectly rustic those wall brackets are. Can you believe Rachel did all the antiquing herself? That’s right folks, these bad boys were BRAND NEW when she got them. Click here to see how she did it!

    How to make your own DIY rustic curtain rods

     

    14. Wood Pallet Tray

    Everyone loves a good wood pallet DIY. Free wood, endless possibilities, what could be better? This project by the Mountain View Cottage makes for the perfect DIY farmhouse tray. I love the little vintage knobs used instead of standard handles. Such a sweet little touch.

    DIY Wood pallet tray

     

    I hope these projects have inspired you to make your house a home by adding a few DIY farmhouse decor items!

     

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    DIY Outdoor Furniture Projects For Your Backyard

    Spring is getting ready to kick in at full speed and its time to revamp your backyard. If you’re anything like me your backyard is probably looking pretty dismal after a long cold winter. This is the time of year where I usually spend countless hours searching the web for deals on outdoor furniture dreaming of relaxing summer weekends on my patio. Unfortunately I have yet to find a decent outdoor sofa for under $1,000 so this year I’ve turned to Pinterest. I’ve rounded up the best Pinterest has to offer in affordable DIY outdoor furniture projects.

     

    1. Custom Pallet Sectional

    If you’ve got the time and access to a few pallets, this sectional can be the perfect addition to your patio. Costing next to nothing Like The Yogurt DIY’d this awesome pallet sofa for her own backyard. Feel free to get creative and use some funky outdoor fabric for your seat cushion. Interested in trying this out for your backyard? Checkout the full tutorial here.

    DIY pallet sectional will save you money when decorating your backyard or patio

     

    2. Easy Pallet No-Sew Sofa

    This sofa is even easier than the last one! All you need to do is literally stack a few pallets and nail on a backrest. To make things easier there are also instructions for no sew cushions. That’s right people, in less than an hour you can have your very own DIY sofa fit for backyard entertaining! Get the full scoop here.

    Super Easy DIY Pallet sofa, perfect for any backyard.

     

    3. DIY Privacy Planter

    This DIY privacy planter is perfect for backyards that might be a little open. I love how this DIY’er surrounded her hot tub with them. HELLO PRIVACY! Also these are fantastic for vine plants! You’ll have complete privacy in no time! Check out the full directions here.

    Amazing Privacy Planter DIY for your backyard

     

    4. Balcony Bar

    Where are all my fellow apartment dwellers? This next DIY is just for you! So many of us are crammed in small apartments with even smaller balconies. If you have a small outdoor space this DIY balcony bar can help you make the most of it! Balcony railings can vary is size so you’ll need to pull out the tape measure for this project.

    This DIY balcony bar is perfect for small outdoor spaces in condos and apartments

     

    5. Drop Cloth Hammock

    Anyone who knows me will tell you I LOVE hammocks. I love the weightless feeling of rocking back and forward while being cradled in comfortable fabric. I found this AWESOME DIY by the Gardenista. Its a super simple two person hammock made out of a drop cloth. Love this project, if I had the space I would totally bring this bad boy to life.

    Easy DIY Hammock using just a drop cloth!

     

    6. DIY Patio Armchairs

    Can you believe these two gorgeous white armchairs didn’t come from a store? That’s right Alicia from Thrifty and Chic made these! Unbelievable. she did a fantastic job and saved herself a ton of money with this DIY project. Check out her post here for the full details on this project.

    Forget shopping for your backyard furniture at a store, checkout these DIY outdoor armchairs.

     

    7. Tile Outdoor Dining Table

    This farmhouse tile dining table transformation is incredible. I love giving old furniture new life, and Deb from Seeking Lavender Lane did just that. She refinished the top of her boring dull glass table and now its a fantastic statement piece in her backyard. This DIY is so inspiring, I’m ready to do a deep dive down craigslist to find myself a grungy old table to re-finish. If you’re planning your own DIY make sure to check out her full post here.

    DIY Farmhouse outdoor dining table with a tile top.

     

    8. Backyard Cabana

    This is the most ambitious DIY backyard furniture I’ve seen yet. Building this DIY cabana is quite the undertaking and I must say bravo to Jamie Costiglio, it looks stunning in her backyard. This is the kind of project that I would get SUPER excited for, run out to Home Depot, pick up WAY too much lumber, and let it rot in my backyard all winter.

    Awesome DIY Backyard Cabana

     

    9. DIY Light Poles

    OK this ones technically not a ‘furniture DIY’ (please don’t tell on me) but it still makes an awesome contribution to your backyard space. This one is super easy too. All you need is some thick branches and some cement. You mix up the cement, throw it in a bucket, place the branch in the cement and let it cure. Now the branch has a super sturdy base and you can string lights from it. The beauty in this DIY is you can add as many as you want to your backyard creating a beautiful ambiance.

    DIY Backyard lighting posts

     

    10. Concrete Block Bench

    Finishing off my outdoor furniture DIY round up with another one for all my lazy DIY’ers. This one requires ZERO tools and can be assembled in minuets with minimal planning. This bench made of concrete blocks and a few 2×4’s fits together so fast and easy anyone can do it. Take a look at the tutorial here and give it a shot!

    Fast and easy DIY Concrete block bench


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    IKEA Hacks That Will Make Your House Look Expensive

    Getting lost in IKEA for several hours on a Saturday is my idea of a day well spent. I always seem to find something I could use in my apartment, and with such low prices its almost impossible to leave the place without some candles, a few floating shelves, and new bedroom dresser. One of the best things bout IKEA furniture is how cheap it is. Common people, where else can you get a TV bench for under $100? But just because you’re decorating your house on a budget doesn’t mean you cant turn your cheap IKEA furniture into expensive looking pieces. Simple touches like spray painting the legs on your IKEA dining chair gold will completely transform your dining room. I’ve rounded up the best IKEA hacks that will make your house look expensive.

    1. TARVA DRESSER HACK

    Kicking off the round up is this genius Tarva Dresser hack from Sarah Sherman Samuel. She customized the IKEA dresser for her baby’s nursery and the end result is fantastic. She created a new shape for the legs by cutting them down on an angle, painted the dresser, and added her own brass pulls. This dresser looks like a million bucks and you would never know its actually from IKEA. Take a look at the full DIY tutorial here.

     

    2. FAUX FUR STOOL

    Nothing says expensive quite like fur. This faux fur IKEA hack by The Kitchy Kitchen will give you an expensive look without the massive price tag. The best thing about this DIY is that it requires zero sewing and you’ll have a finished product in 30 minuets. See the full tutorial here.

     

    3. CREATIVE IKEA CABINET

    I had to do a double take when I saw this IKEA hack from Meera of First Sense Interiors. This genius of a woman turned some IKEA kitchen cabinets into a custom furniture piece that fits her living room alcove like a glove. This hack took a lot of creativity and it totally paid off. See the full tutorial here.

     

    4. IKEA MALM HEADBOARD HACK

    This is a simple IKEA hack that anyone can handle. Ashley from Sugar & Cloth turned an inexpensive Malm headboard into a masterpiece that looks like its easily worth $1,000. She took her boring white headboard and applied peel and stick wood over the frame, what a transformation! See the full tutorial here.

     

    5. DIY WOODEN STOOL

    How adorable is this little wooden stool made by Caroline of Burkatron? All she did was switch out the seat of her IKEA stool with a slice of wood and now she has the cutest side table/ stool that you would pay hundreds for at a boutique furniture store. This IKEA hack is something anyone can do with a little forest rummaging or internet searching. See the full tutorial here.

     

    6. IKEA KITCHEN CART HACK

    Be still my heart! Can you believe that this super chic kitchen cart is actually from IKEA? This has got to be one of my all time favorite hacks. Meghan of Oliver and Rust came up with the idea of customizing this cart so it fits seamlessly into her kitchen design. I LOVE how she added a marble top, it completes the transformation and now the kitchen cart looks like an expensive piece of furniture. If you want to check out the how-to instructions see her full post here.

     

    7. FLOATING SIDEBOARD IKEA HACK

    This exact DIY inspired me to install the Besta cabinet in my living room with the same aspirations of cladding the top and sides with my own wood slab. Needless to say I never got around to the customization stage, but I love the way my sideboard looks anyways. Didn’t Karisa do a fantastic job with this IKEA hack? Check out her full post here, you’ll love the before and after photos of her living room. If you’re ready to take your living room from cheap to expensive (without spending big bucks) this tutorial will inspire you.

     

    8. SIMPLE ENTRY TABLE DIY

    I love an easy DIY and let me tell you it doesn’t get much easier than a can of spray paint and some gold leaf. Abby of Style Me Pretty Living came up with this genius hack. She took a plain old IKEA desk, spray painted it high gloss black, and gold leafed the leg tips. How freaking easy is that? See guys, customizing your furniture and making it look expensive can be SO SIMPLE. Follow her instructions here to make your own.

     

    I hope these 8 IKEA hacks have inspired you to step up your DIY game. Not every DIY needs to be complicated. Sometimes all you need is a can of paint and a little bit of creativity to transform your IKEA budget furniture into expensive pieces for your home.


     

     

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    DIY DOG BED

     

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

    I’m going to be completely honest with you, 99% of the time Frankie sleeps in bed with me. Hey don’t judge me! I live in Canada and Frankie provides very necessary warmth. During the day however, she does enjoy a good cat nap – or is it dog nap? Lately Frankie has been napping on an extra pillow insert I had laying around. I was going to donate but she claimed it as her own and who am I to argue with my 2 year old Pomeranian? But this weekend I finally decided enough is enough, Frankie is getting her own dog bed!

    I had extra mud cloth fabric from another project and it ended up being perfect for this little dog bed. You can mix two fabrics like I have, but one will work just fine!

    RELATED: MUD CLOTH – why its here to stay 

     

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!
    Frankie was excited for this DIY as soon as I pulled the fabric out.

     

    What you’ll need:

    • At least two hours
    • 1 1/2 to 2 yards of fabric (depending on the size of your dog)
    • Poly fill
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Thread
    • Sewing machine
    • Large embroidery thread
    • Scrap fabric

     

    STEP 1 CUT YOUR FABRIC

    Cut one rectangle 30″ x 40″, and a second rectangle (in a contrasting fabric if you wish) 14″ x 24″. Lay the large rectangle on the ground and place the small rectangle in the center. Make sure it is exactly in the middle. 

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

     

    STEP 2 CUT LARGE RECTANGLE 

    Draw a line from the corner of the small rectangle at right angles to the edge of the fabric on the large rectangle. Using the scissors, cut along this line. You will have cut out a square on the large rectangle. Repeat on all 4 corners.

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

     

    STEP 3 SEW SIDES TOGETHER

    Pin the cut edges right side together, sew in place. Repeat on all four sides. You will end up with a box that has no lid. Make sure to leave a 4″ gap on one side.

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

     

    STEP 5 SEW HANDLE 

    This step is completely optional. I like the look and functionality of a handle and I wanted to add a bit of pink so I just went with it. Cut a rectangle in a piece of scrap fabric 2 1/2″ x 10″. Sew the long side together. Fold right side out and press with an iron. Fold over 1″ on both ends, pin to outside of dog bed and sew in place.

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

     

    STEP 6 SEW TOP 

    Pin the small rectangle to the base, right sides together. Sew in place.

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

     

    STEP 7 STUFF YOUR BED

    Stuff your bed with poly fill. I used the poly fill that was inside that extra pillow insert I had. Sew the 4″ gap together by hand.

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

     

    STEP 8 ADD TUFTING

    Using your large needle, add tufting. You will essentially sew the front to the back by inserting the needle all the way through the center of the dog bed. Repeat as you wish depending on the size of dog bed you’ve made.

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

     

    And that is it! Just 8 simple steps and you have a super cute dog bed your furry friend will love! I was nervous I would go through all that effort and Frankie would end up not using it. But she actually LOVES it. OK I might have placed her on the bed in this photo, but she loves it now I swear!

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

    Make your own dog bed by following my simple DIY tutorial. I made this dog bed over the weekend in just two hours. My sewing machine rarely sees the light of day and I am by no means an expert, but I hope this DIY will inspire you to make your own dog bed. If I can do it, so can you!

     


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